How to Grow Lodi Apple Trees

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The lodi apple tree produces early fruits that are full in size and flavor and are easy to grow right in your own backyard. The lodi is a medium-sized tree that grows to about 20-feet tall and has a 25-foot spread. There's also a dwarf variety that will only reach about 15 feet in height.

Considered to be a cold-hardy tree, the Lodi is a cross between a yellow transparent and a montgomery. Its apples are most similar in taste to the yellow transparent, though the fruits are larger.

Though they are delicious, the Lodi apple doesn't stay fresh for very long. However, they can be sliced and frozen in order to extend the harvest. They have a soft, creamy flesh that's perfect for pies and applesauce.

In fact, the tree is native to Trinidad, Washington, which is home to many of the best apple species for producing fruit.

Botanical Name Malus lodi
Common Name Lodi apple tree
Plant Type Fruit tree
Mature Size 20 feet tall
Sun Exposure Full sun
Soil Type Well-drained, loamy
Soil pH 6-7
Bloom Time July
Flower Color Greenish yellow apples
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Native Area Washington

Lodi Apple Tree Care

The Lodi apple tree's seedlings are budded onto rootstock. When planting, be sure the graft remains above the surface of the soil, and that temperatures are cool, but with no sustained freezes in the long-term forecast.

You'll want to soak the roots in a bucket of water prior to planting. When digging a hole, keep it about twice as wide and deep as the root spread. Then go ahead and work out the air pockets and water the tree well. A young lodi tree may require some staking and shaping in its first few years.

These trees will take about six years to bear fruit. Once you do start harvesting, they are considered to be quite prolific apple trees--although they tend to bear the most fruit on a biennial basis.

Be sure to continue caring for your apple tree, as you'll need a healthy tree with a strong scaffold in order to hold all of the heavy fruits.

Lodi apples are harvested July, which is when their large, greenish-yellow fruits are at their peak flavor. Since its skin is on the thinner side and has few pores, they have a tart-sweet flavor.

There are several diseases that can impact apple trees, but the good news is that lodi apple trees are considered to be powdery mildew resistant.

Light

The Lodi apple tree will grow best when planted in a full sun location.

Soil

When planting a lodi apple tree, be sure to go with well-draining, loamy soil. Like most apple trees, the soil pH should be between 6 and 7.

Water

The lodi apple tree should be regularly watered, particularly in the first three years after planting.

Temperature and Humidity

The lodi apple tree is considered to be cold hardy, but it will always bear fruit in the summer (typically July).

Fertilizer

Early season apples for the lodi tree will need low-nitrogen fertilizer. The fertilization process can begin two years after planting.

Rake the fertilizer evenly into the soil around the base and be sure to keep it about two feet out and six inches away from the trunk.

The process can be repeated after three months and should be applied in a three-foot circle around the tree after it reaches two years of age.

Other Varieties of Apple Trees

Like many other varieties, these plants will require pollinating partners; some common partners are starkspur ultramac, cortland, red jonathan, and stark braestar. Some other popular apple tree varieties include:

  • Golden Delicious
  • Cortland
  • Ginger Gold
  • Liberty
  • Paulared
  • Granny Smith
  • Northern Spy
  • Rome
  • Early Apple Harvest
  • Haralred
  • State Fair
  • Freedom
  • Beacon
  • Enterprise
  • Haralred
  • Macoun
  • Cortland
  • Gala
  • Honeycrisp
  • Red Free

Pruning

You'll want to prune most apple trees either late in the winter or early in the spring, so that cuts won't be left unprotected against the coldest winter temperatures.

Pruning is important for apple trees because it helps create a basic structure for the tree as well as a sturdy scaffold to support the weight of the heavy fruits. Generally speaking, pruned apple trees also tend to generate a higher yield of fruit.